Kia Niro is the brand’s newest low-emissions hybrid crossover created using its first-ever dedicated eco-car platform. This latest offering from Kia will officially be introduced to Europe through the 86 Salon International de l’Automobile or the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.
Created from scratch as a hybrid vehicle, it has the modern design that makes it stick out when compared with other conservatively-styled hybrid in its class. While it does have high fuel efficiency due to its advanced hybrid powertrain, it has the road appeal and practicality of a crossover.
The platform utilized for the Niro was based from current Kia models though it was made from the ground up. It is aimed at being able to contain not only the next-generation powertrains but also an array of environmentally-conscious technologies.
Though the hybrid powertrain of Niro is still under development, it will have a 32 kW electric motor, lithium-ion polymer battery pack, and a 1.6-litre gasoline direct injection engine -- all of which are paired with the six-speed double-clutch transmission. Engineers are also aiming to have CO2 emissions at 89 g/km.